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NBA star Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Retired basketball player Kobe Bryant has won five NBA titles, but taking an Oscar with his first attempt was a bigger thrill than the victories achieved with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer said on Sunday.

90th Academy Awards – Oscars Backstage – Hollywood, California, USA, 04/03/2018 – Best animated short film – Kobe Bryant responds to the photo stage with Glen Keane after winning the Best Short Film (Animated ) Award for "Best Basketball". REUTERS / Mike Blake

"I feel better than winning the championship, to be honest with you, I swear I'm doing it," Bryant told news media backstage after accepting the Academy Award for & # 39; Dear Basketball & # 39 ;, the animated short film that he wrote and produced.

"To be here now and to have if … a sense of validation is … this is crazy, man," Bryant added. "It's crazy."

"Best Basketball" is based on the poem of the National Basketball Association great 2015, published on the Player's Tribune website, announcing its last NBA season. Bryant talked about the five-minute film, directed by Glen Keane and scored by Oscar winner John Williams.

The film shows top moments from Bryant's career, animated in hand-drawn images, reciting the letter about his dedication to the sport from an early age and a body that no longer allows him to compete at the highest level .

90th Academy Awards – Oscars Governors Ball – Hollywood, California, USA, 04/03/2018 – Kobe Bryant, winner Oscar for best short animated film for & # 39; Best Basketball & # 39; and Danny Glover REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

Bryant, who played 20 seasons, started his own production company, Kobe Studios. He told news media that he was looking for Oprah Winfrey and TV producer Shonda Rhimes for guidance when he launched the studio.

Bryant shared his advice for retired athletes, which can often be daunting, because many are often young and have to fill their time after decades of training and competition.

"The hardest thing for athletes to do is when you start again, you really have to settle the ego and you have to … start again," Bryant said.

"You have to be a student again, you have to learn the basics of things, and, you know, that is really the hardest part."

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Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Additional reporting by Alex Dobuszinksis and Lisa Richwine; Editing by Peter Henderson and Jonathan Oatis

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